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Laura M. Brank

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Laura M. Brank, the head of Dechert’s Russia practice, has been advising corporations, investment funds, banks, multinational institutions, and high net worth individuals on complex corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets for over two decades. She has provided strategic legal advice to clients on their business activities in Russia and throughout the Former Soviet Union (“FSU”) since 1995 when she first moved to Russia, supervising major local and cross-border M&A, joint venture, and debt and equity financing transactions, and counseling clients on commercial contracts, compliance and sanctions matters. She has particular expertise in the mining and energy sectors and has advised extensively on TMT, life sciences and real estate matters. Ms. Brank has been ranked by The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global since 2007. She is top-ranked for her corporate/M&A work in Russia in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe. She is also recognized in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA’s hall of fame for commercial, corporate and M&A work in Moscow where she is described as a “respected industry expert”. The Legal 500 EMEA, 2019 also recognizes her work in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, real estate and construction, restructuring and insolvency, and TMT in Russia. Chambers & Partners has variously praised her ability to "see[s] things from the investor’s point of view" (2018) and her "pragmatic, business-oriented and astute advice" (2017), noting that she is “one of the best-known corporate lawyers in the market” (2013), who is “quick and pragmatic, skillful at negotiating positions and good at proposing excellent solutions” (2012). Fluent in Russian, Ms. Brank is one of only three women in Russia named in IFLR1000’s Women Leaders Guide in 2018. The 2020 edition of IFLR1000 ranked Ms. Brank as a highly regarded lawyer for M&A in Russia, as well as for energy, mining and technology and telecommunications. She has been recognized in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers in Russia for banking and finance, corporate, government relations, M&A, project finance and development, and real estate law. Ms. Brank is recognized by Who’s Who Legal for her work in energy in 2019. She has been consistently listed in Legal Media Group’s Banking, Finance and Transactional Guide and Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law since 2012 and is also ranked in Euromoney’s Expert Guides for Women in Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions in 2018. Along with just eight other lawyers, she was also listed in the corporate section of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 survey (2010), a list of 100 lawyers to have excelled in their field. The survey described her as “one of the best-known ... and best-connected lawyers in the [Russian] market.” She was also recognized with the 2014 Leadership Award for her significant contributions to cross-border M&A at the 6th Annual M&A Advisor International M&A Awards. She has served as a director on the U.S.-Russia Business Council’s Board of Directors since 2010 and is a member of the executive committee. She is also a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.

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Laura M. Brank, Maryana Batalova The Russian Supreme Court and the Council of Judges issue a joint resolution to address measures Russian State Courts must take to limit the spread of COVID-19


On March 18, 2020, Russia’s Supreme Court and the Counsel of Judges issued Joint Resolution No. 808 to address measures Russian state courts must take to limit the spread of COVID-19 (the “Resolution”). The Resolution makes reference to the Federal Law on Sanitary and Epidemic Safety, the (...)

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